Emotional Intensity & Sensitivity
GIFTEDNESS has an emotional as well as intellectual component.
Intellectual complexity goes hand in hand with emotional depth.
So gifted people not only think differently from other people
they also feel differently. Emotional intensity in gifted people
is not a matter of feeling more than other people, it is a different
way of experiencing the world: vivid, absorbing, penetrating,
encompassing, complex, commanding... ...
...a way of being quiveringly alive.
Emotional intensity is positively correlated with intelligence
and so the higher the intellectual level, the more emotionally intense
a gifted person will be.
Emotional intensity is expressed by the gifted through a wide range
of feelings, attachments. compassion, heightened sense of responsibility
and scrupulous self-examination.
While these are normal for gifted people and appear very early
in gifted children, they are often mistaken for emotional immaturity
rather than as evidence of a rich inner life.
The characteristics of gifted emotional intensity include
- Extremes of emotion
- Complex emotions
- Intense passionate feelings
- Fears and anxieties
- Feelings of guilt
- Concerns with death
- Depressive moods
- Identification with others' feelings
- Heightened awareness of injustice and hypocrisy
- High level of emotional energy
- Heightened sensitivity to the environment; eg light, noise,
- A sense of identification with people, animals, nature, and
- High levels of empathy
- Keen self-awareness
- Vulnerablity to social rejection
Remember, these are normal for gifted.